Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of the recently published The Consequences of Syria.

Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS

Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose

The Godfather’s Guide to the Middle East

Everything you need to know about world turmoil today—from Obama to Assad to ISIS—is in the ethos of the Corleone family

How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar

One Middle Eastern nation does indeed pay to influence U.S. foreign policy. Hint: It’s not Israel.

Ted Cruz Exposes Christian Bigotry Against Jews In the Middle East

Senator’s parallel between region’s imperiled Christians and Jews draws ire

Amal Alamuddin, Please Put George Clooney on Hold, and Investigate War Crimes in Gaza

How the international human rights lawyer could help save Gaza and Lebanon

John Kerry Has Hamas’ Back: So, Who Has Israel’s?

AIPAC, the so-called Jewish Lobby, has no influence in the White House and is scared to speak out

What’s Wrong With Being Reasonable About the Middle East?

Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace

Dawn of the Planet of Qasem Suleimani

In Hollywood’s twisted view of hardliners, lessons for our generals, diplomats, and politicians

America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East

John Kerry’s failed peace negotiations set off the spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians

What Kurdish Independence Would Mean

And why Israel supports the ambitious—if unlikely—push for statehood

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